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  • The Best CPU Coolers

    By Steven Walton on

    There isn't a one solution fits all product when it comes to CPU coolers. Folks with spacious full tower PCs might favor massive tower style coolers, but even if you have the space, some prefer to prioritize volume over temperatures... and if air cooling comes off as unadventurous, an all-in-one liquid cooler may be your best bet.
  • Finding the Right Components for a Well-Rounded Gaming Laptop

    By Rob Thubron on

    Unlike years past, today there are a vast number of quality gaming laptops available that can not only match most home rigs but occasionally outperform them. If you're in the market for a new gaming laptop and want to know what components will give you a well-rounded rig, here's a breakdown of what's on offer.
  • The Ideal Smartphone for 2016

    By Tim Schiesser on

    In 2015 I saw a ton of great smartphones hit the market, but I'm yet to see the elusive 'perfect' device -- the phone with no compromises in hardware or software. In this article I'll go through every aspect of the modern smartphone and list exactly what I want to see, with every aspect of it firmly grounded in reality. This is a smartphone that should be possible to create in 2016.
  • Best Graphics Cards of 2016

    By Steven Walton on

    After extensive testing, we've come up with this quick guide to bring you the best graphics card choices available right now, divided into six categories: Best Overall GPU, Best Value Performance, Best Mainstream GPU, Best Budget GPU, Best Compact/HTPC Card and Best Mobile GPU.
  • The Five Stages of Video Game Disappointment

    By Nathan Grayson on

    I think it's happened to us all at some point or another: a game you've idolized from afar finally comes out. You boot it up and brace yourself for magic. Hours pass. Magic still hasn't happened. This is... unexpected. That is when you begin your Dante-esque multi-stage descent into a very unique sort of madness: disappointment.
  • TechSpot Best of CES 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    Here's our selection of the most innovative, promising, or downright cool products we saw during this year's massive show. So without further ado here's the best of CES 2016
  • 10 Tech Predictions for 2016

    By Bob O’Donnell on

    Looking ahead to 2016, I expect we will see changes that, on the surface, also don't seem to amount to much initially, but will actually prove to be key foundational shifts that drive a very different, and very exciting future.
  • The Best PC Games (You Should Be Playing)

    By Rob Thubron on

    The last couple of years have been a bit of a golden age for PC gaming, producing some incredible games that will be talked about and played for years. But which ones are the best of the best? In our opinion, these are the eight greatest PC games you should be playing right now.
  • 4K Monitors: Can you actually see the difference?

    By Matt Bach on

    With 4K monitors becoming more and more affordable, it appears that the long-standing reign of 1080p may finally be coming to a close. The question is: can the human eye actually see the difference with a 4K monitor? To answer that question we will need to determine the pixel pitch of a monitor and compare it to what you are actually capable of seeing.
  • The 10 Best Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Building a gaming PC can be time-consuming and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing hundreds of dollars. And yet we do it anyway. Why? Because building PCs is totally awesome.
  • Best Monitors of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    A good monitor makes all of the difference when you spend several hours a day in front of one, and as we slowly transition into higher resolution panels there's plenty to be excited about right now. After looking at some of the best monitors in the market, and hundreds of professional and user reviews, these are our picks for best monitors in a few distinct categories.
  • The State of PC Gaming in 2015

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Unlike the other gaming platforms we've been evaluating here at the end of the year, the PC's been around for decades. Recently, the PC's long legacy of openness and customization has come into conflict with a mainstream that's finally-finally-realized just how big of a deal PC gaming actually is. By and large, the PC is in a great place in 2015.
  • Best Mice of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    Deciding on the best mouse is a subjective process where several things come into play, such as intended use, feature set, price and how comfortable it feels in your hand and grip style. Today we bring you our choices for the best overall mouse, best gaming mouse, best wireless & portable mouse and a handful of budget picks.
  • Best CPUs of 2015

    By Steven Walton on

    After extensive testing, we've come up with this quick guide to bring you the best CPU choices available right now, divided into four categories: The Best Enthusiast/Value Gaming CPU, Best Extreme Desktop CPU, Best All-Round High-End CPU and Best Budget CPU.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.
  • Virtual Reality Then: A Look Back at the Nintendo Virtual Boy

    By William Seibert on

    Virtual reality has become something of a fascination once again as consumer devices like the Oculus Rift are almost ready to hit the scene. For 1995, the Virtual Boy was very ambitious and took a lot of risks showcasing an idea that had not yet been explored by home console makers. So how did they accomplish such a feat?
  • Best in Storage: Solid State, HDD, Home NAS and More

    By TechSpot Staff on

    When it comes to storing data, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' solution. With SSDs becoming much more affordable, consumers have a broad a mix of high-performance and high-capacity options to choose from, whether in the form of internal storage, external or network attached. Here are our top pics for best performance SSD, best budget SSD, best hard drive, best external hard drive, best home/SMB NAS, and best thumb drives.
  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    By TechSpot Staff on

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets and a fifth for the no-expense spared, extreme PC crowd.
  • How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Today's modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there's little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject, so today we are going see if and where this much memory might be useful for desktop users.
  • Best Smartphones of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    The good news is that smartphones have become so good that it's getting harder to pick something you'd regret. But at the same time, with so many options, picking the right device can become a daunting task. Best of Smartphones highlights the stuff that matters, narrowing things down to the best of what's in the market. We're here to help.
  • Best Laptops of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    When choosing the right laptop it all comes down to what you are willing to spend and what you plan to use it for. After looking at several of the best devices this year and analyzing dozens of professional reviews, we bring you the best of the best in a handful of popular categories: budget, ultraportables, gaming, workstations and Chromebooks.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let's jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.
  • Intel's 100-Series Chipsets Detailed Side-by-Side

    By Matt Bach on

    The Z170 chipset has been available for some time now, but due to Intel's staggered launch of Skylake-S, other chipsets from this generation have just recently become available. In addition to the Z170, there are now five other consumer chipsets: the H170 and H110 for consumers and the B150, Q150, and Q170 for business. We explain the differences between them side-by-side.
  • An Android User's Perspective: Two Weeks with the iPhone 6s, Part 2

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Part one of this series focused on software. This second part will focus mostly on the iPhone 6s' hardware, and how it compares to some of the best Android devices I've used this year. Apple is widely respected for their hardware design, both on the inside and outside of their phones, but just how good is it in 2015?
  • The Story of Solitaire, One of the World's Biggest Video Games

    By Luke Plunkett on

    There have been many popular and important games included with operating systems over the years. But only one game can lay claim to having once been the most-used Windows application in the world, as Microsoft's Chris Sells described Solitaire back in 2004. This is the story of Solitaire, which has been included with every copy of Windows since version 3.0.
  • Best Tablets of 2015

    By TechSpot Staff on

    With smartphones getting bigger and laptops getting thinner and lighter, tablet's scope has been narrowed down significantly, but the battle is still being fought and we have a few solid alternatives to choose from. We've gone through countless of professional reviews combined with our own experiences and user reviews to bring you the best options out there.
  • Check If Adobe Flash is Installed, Then Get Rid of It

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Flash, it's been a good run. We've had a lot of fun together, but it's time to get some distance.. permanently. That doesn't erase my fond memories of playing together back in the day, but we both have to wake up and face the truth. You're outdated and insecure and untrustworthy. It's not me, it's you.
  • Should You Buy a Sound Card? An Enthusiast's Perspective

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

    There's no clear-cut metric to use as a guideline if you're shopping for a sound card. Lengthy audiophile reviews are available, but they generally don't offer a quantifiable takeaway if you have a limited point of reference and don't know much about the subject to begin with. I fall into that category.
  • An Android User's Perspective: Two Weeks with the iPhone 6s, Part 1

    By Tim Schiesser on

    With the recent launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, I decided to pick up one of Apple's latest smartphones and use it exclusively for two weeks. What follows are my thoughts on the phone and the ecosystem as primarily an Android user, how the two experiences compare, and whether long-time Android users should contemplate an iOS switch.
  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

    By Graham Singer on

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and verbal sparring as for its actual innovation. Many have felt compelled to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their judgements and observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success. Here's a taste of those now infamous quotes.